Erica Frydenberg

Following an early career in mental health in the UK, I was a school psychologist in the Victorian Department of Education until 1990 when I took up an appointment at the University of Melbourne.
The roles included training of preservice and post graduate educators, co-ordination, course development, instruction and supervision of school psychologists, and extensive research supervision at the Masters and PhD level. Since 2010 I have been a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, continued a program of research and participated in professional and not-for-profit boards as a Director and President.


  • AM Order of Australia
  • Honorary Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society
  • PhD. School of Education, La Trobe University
  • M.A. Psychology,
    Chisholm Institute of Technology
  • Dip.Clin.Psych. La Trobe University
  • B.A. University of Sydney
  • Dip.Ed. Sydney Teachers’ College
  • Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors
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  • Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division)
  •     Honorary Fellow Australian Psychological Society
  • Stress Anxiety Research Society: Lifetime Career Award
  • The Early Years Coping Cards (Short listed for DEECD Early Years Awards 2010 and received a High Commendation).
  • APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, Award of Distinction
  • Knowledge Transfer Award, University of Melbourne. Coping Skills for Adolescents: Prevention and Intervention.
  • University of Melbourne Medal for Research Excellence, Faculty of Education.
  • Distinguished Scholar Award, American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group Stress and Coping in Education


I currently serve on:

    • Editorial Board Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist
    • the Board of the Centre for Positive Psychology Board University of Melbourne
    • Veteran’ Children’s Educational Board
    • Education Advisory Committee King David School

A selection of past positions held:

  • National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy Steering Committee
  • Director and President of OZ Child
  • Director and Vice President Australian Psychological Society (APS)


Consultancies have included:

  • Child Abuse Consultancy.
  • Review of Master of Professional Psychology (MPP).
  • Social Emotional Learning – Review of Draft Curriculum. Victorian Assessment and Curriculum Authority.
  • Grimwade House Leadership Team (Melbourne Grammar School).
  • Social Emotional Learning Assessment Literature Review. Victorian Assessment and Curriculum Authority.
  • Promoting mental health in schools. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
  • Smarter Schools National Partnerships: Low SES School Communities Project. Social and Emotional Learning: Capacity building in schools.
  • Ethical Issues considered by Human Research Ethics Committees for Department of Health and Aging.
  • National Evaluation of the Seasons for Growth Program.

I have

  • presented at 155 National and International Conferences, including 31 keynote and invited addresses
  • conducted workshops and consultancies
  • co-supervised PhD theses, Masters and Doctor of Educational Psychology Research Theses.
    Many of these theses have been professional practice oriented.

What I do

Focus on building resilience and fortitude through coping skills to help people:

  • live a more fulfilled satisfying life,
  • develop ways to succeed in their workplace, their relationships, their studies,
Consultancies – tailored programs and individual programs, presentations and supervision.


  • seminars
  • workshops
  • short courses
  • keynote addresses
  • targeted talks
  • consultancies

In the Media

Building resilience and wellbeing in the early years:

Coping strategies for parents and children from CALD backgrounds

Erica Frydenberg and Janice Deans